Prelate lauds 25-year extension of CBCP radio franchise

MANILA An official of a Church-operated media network on Friday welcomed the extension of their franchise for another 25 years.

We praise that the CBCP (Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines) franchise is now a law. The mantra of the CBCP radio station or the Catholic radio station is bringing hope to media, to the Filipino people so and also our stations try its very best for nation building and we are helping disaster management, cooperatives, and farmers to plant better crops, Fr. Francis Lucas, president of the Catholic Media Network Corp. (CMN), said in an interview.

So its service that we do and we are in the hinterlands, we are in areas that angels dare not tread. So we would like to thank everybody for helping us for the passage of the bill into law. So we would try our best to serve more people nationwide, he added.

The CBCP has 29 radio stations that will continue operation after its franchise has been renewed.

The bill seeking for the extension of the CBCP franchise lapsed into law on April 22.

The process to renew the franchise, which expired in 2017, took some two years.

It took us sometime whatever which way, for as long as we get the franchise. Because we are serving Filipino people through the Catholic values, said Lucas, who is also the Director for Franchise of the CBCP.

Republic Act 11319 extends for 25 years CBCP's franchise to construct, install, establish, operate and maintain radio and or television broadcasting stations in the Philippines for religious, cultural and commercial purposes.

The Constitution provides that any bill that is neither signed nor vetoed by the President will automatically lapse into law, a month after the measure was forwarded by Congress. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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